Most of us had questions when it was first announced that President Trump wanted to throw himself a Bastille Day inspired “military parade.”
Those questions included:
- Is he trolling?
- Does he even understand Bastille Day?
- If there is a Bastille-like situation in America right now, does he know he would be on the ouch end of it?
- Seriously, what?!
But we also wondered how much money it was going to cost. In response to the president’s wish — because that’s what it is — the Department of Defense has worked up five different options with price tags ranging from $3 million to as much as $50 million, per NPR citing an unnamed U.S. official.
On Wednesday, White House budget director Mick Mulvaney told the HBC (House Budget Committee) that “very preliminary” estimates he had seen estimate the cost as being anywhere between $10 million and $30 million “depending on the size of the parade, the scope of it, the length of it, those kinds of things.”
Mulvaney added, “Obviously an hour parade is different than a five-hour parade in terms of the cost and the equipment and those types of things.”
Of course. That makes sense, right? It all depends on exactly how much of our money Dear Leader Trump wishes to waste on the parade. How much pomp will Donald Trump need in order to forget, albeit for a day, that he isn’t allowed to declare each day his job approval rating soars above 35% to be a national holiday?
So far, the upper estimate is that the parade could cost us $50 million dollars.
Perhaps the best commentary on Donald Trump’s request for a military parade comes courtesy of Republican Senator John Kennedy (LA) who said:
“I think confidence is silent and insecurity is loud. America is the most powerful country in all of human history; you don’t need to show it off.”
In any event, I’m sure it will be fine. Mexico is paying for the parade, right?